Journal: Haiti Update 15 February 2010 AM

Earth Intelligence, Peace Intelligence

Homeless Haitians line up before dawn for tarps

More than a million Haitians are homeless, but a month after the massive quake, UN officials said only about 50,000 families, or an estimated 272,000 people, have received emergency materials to build their own shelters.

American Red Cross must explain $175 million in unallocated Haiti donations

The complete American Red Cross Haiti one month report does not help because it fails to even mention the $175 million collected but not spent or committed to Haiti.

This is a major outrage. But more outrageous is the media’s blind eye to the American Red Cross’ activities. One would think a reporter would not be so lazy that they could avoid subtracting $80 million from $255 million, get $175 million, read the Red Cross’ online documents, and start asking about the unallocated $175 million?

Deeper issues make recovery in Haiti so much harder

Hundreds of thousands of Haitians are homeless, desperate for tents to stave off the upcoming rainy season. But eventually, they will need homes.

They are hungry, waiting for bags of rice to prevent starvation. But someday, Haiti will need to feed itself.

Many are still injured, needing wound care and follow-up surgery to fix their broken limbs. But they also suffer from chronic illnesses.

Phi Beta Iota: This just makes us sick.  All of this was predictable from the minute we knew the magnitude of the dead, injured, and homeless.  This is a failure of humanity on the scale of Rwanda-Burundi.

Journal: Haiti Rolling Directory from 12 January 2010